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Feel Better After Thyroidectomy
Completely exhausted 1 wk post total thyroidectomy and on Synthroid (thyroxine) 100. When will I feel better and when should levels be checked. I don't have cance?
THYROID EXHAUSTION: You can expect not to feel yourself, particularly energy wise, until and after the supplement being used to replace your thyroid is enough and plenty, and has been in your system for several weeks. Every patient is different but it may take months before you start feeling yourself. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Thyroidectomy 2011. Fatigue, fullness/noise in ears, anxiety, depression, achy joints. Tsh is 20.76. When will I feel better? Levo inc. 3 days ago
Hypothyroidism: Your TSH level is quite high and should be brought down to below 5. Many of your symptoms may be related to your lack of adequate thyroid hormone replacement. You also have a new born which adds to the stress and fatigue. Are you dealing with postpartum depression? You may a tleast temporarily need an antidepressant while your thyroid hormone is normallized levels which may take several months. ...Read more
Why thyroidectomy?: Hi. Was it thyroid cancer? Most likely reason for total thyroidectomy. Best diet: healthy one! Whole grains, nuts, legumes, fruits & veggies, healthy oils (canola & olive), lean meats, nonfat dairy; little or no white flour, white rice, simple sugar, high fructose corn syrup. Best of luck with your thyroid cancer! ...Read more
A routine surgery...: Will aim to remove all thyroid tissue. This is done sometimes for goiter, thyroiditis, or cancer. There is typically a single, midline neck incision that is used for removal of the organ. Afterwards you may receive radioactive iodine to kill any cells that might have been missed. You will need thyroid replacement on a daily basis after the surgery for the rest of your life. ...Read more
Normally a few days: For routine thyroid surgery, such as for graves disease or a benign nodule, surgery can be done on an outpatient basis and recovery is fairly fast. Hormone replacement begins immediately. For cancer surgery, the procedure may be more extensive and recovery may be longer. If there are complications, such as low blood calcium, or a hoarse voice, then other outpatient treatments will be needed. ...Read more
What for?: There are many reasons to have a thyroidectomy: cancer, suspicious nodules, goiter or nodule with compressive symptoms, uncontrolled hyperthyroidism, genetic syndromes with high likelihood of cancer. You should be seen by a surgeon who does a lot of thyroid procedures and have a full discussion about your reasons. If you are having trouble deciding get a second opinion. ...Read more
Thyroidectomy diet: "there are no uniform general dietary restrictions for patients who have had thyroid surgery, however your surgeon may ask you to temporarily institute a low iodine diet if you need to receive radio-iodine treatment for cancer after thyroidectomy." http://www.Utsouthwestern.Edu/utsw/cda/dept48055/files/317737.Html. ...Read more
It removes: A portion of your thyroid. You will definitely need life-long replacement with brand name T4 after the surgery. There are some risks, including potential damage to laryngeal nerve and parathyroid glands, but risks should be minimal with a good surgeon. Depends upon the indication for the surgery in the first place. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Common: In this day & age where people are getting imaging studies more frequently, "incidental" thyroid nodules are found more easily, leading to more biopsy and more surgery. Approx 50, 000 new thyroid cancer cases are expected in 2011 resulting in approx 2000 deaths. The decision to proceed with surgery depends on discussion between you and your treating physicians (surgeon, pcp & endocrinologist). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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